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Blues clinch Carsley coup

03 Jun 2008 - 15:46:55

Birmingham City have stiffened their midfield options by snapping up Everton's experienced Republic of Ireland international Lee Carsley.

The 34-year-old has passed a St Andrew's medical and penned a two-year deal with the Championship newcomers after rejecting the offer of a new contract with the Toffees.

Carsley, who has spent the last six years at Goodison Park, said last month when the deal was agreed: "My contract ran out at Everton and I was offered a new deal there but I felt it was time to move on.

"I wanted a new challenge and I didn't necessarily want to go to another Premier League club and struggle with them.

"Even though I'm 34, I'm not looking to wind down. All together last season, I played over 50 games including internationals.

"I've left a club that's going to be playing in the UEFA Cup again next season so it's not something I've done lightly.

"Everyone knows how I feel about Everton. It was a fantastic club and I had a great time there."


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